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Dandelion | Victoria Clinic | Counseling4Life, LLC | Counseling in San Antonio, Counseling in San Angelo, Counseling in Victoria, Texas | Anxiety, depression, trauma, faith based, panic, stress, anger, bereavement, couples, children, play therapy, Christian counseling

Victoria, Texas Practice

Originally from Florida, Shannon spent her childhood in New Orleans,  In 2010, she moved to San Antonio, TX to pursue her career as a therapist. She received her master’s in marriage & family therapy with a concentration in play therapy from St. Mary’s University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is bilingual in Spanish and has a wealth of experience working with children and parents as she pursues the Registered Play Therapist credential. Her other areas of expertise and specialty are Twogether in Texas pre-marital therapy, Gottman Method-focused couples/marriage therapy, family therapy, issues of domestic violence, and using play (child centered and sandtray) in therapy for ages 2-12). During her leisure time, Shannon enjoys watching movies, trying new ethnic cuisines, traveling, and playing with beloved puppy. Shannon practices at our Victoria, Texas location and has daytime and evening availability. 


Se Habla Espanol

Shannon es originaria del estado de Florida pero creció en Nueva Orleans, donde obtuvo su titulo en psicologia en la Universidad de Nueva Orleans. Vino a San Antonio en el 2010 para estudiar la maestría y esta por concluir su doctorado en terapia de pareja y familia en la Universidad de St. Mary's. Shannon tiene muchos años de experiencia trabajando con niños y padres, y esta por obtener la certificación en Terapia de Juego. Sus areas de experiencia consisten en terapia pre-matrimonial apegándose al curriculo de Twogether in Texas, terapia de pareja, familia, violencia doméstica, así como técnicas como Child Centered y Sandtray para niños entre 2 y 12 años de edad. Durante su tiempo libre disfruta ver películas, probar gastronomía típica, viajar y jugar con su perrito.


Victoria, Texas Location Only

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Ellen is a native to the Victoria area having grown up in Edna. She is a Licensed Professional Therapist who holds a Master of Education in School Counseling with a Certificate in Therapy and Development from Lamar University. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria. Prior to her work in the therapy field, Ellen worked as an elementary school teacher in Victoria. Ellen’s clinical work is dedicated to helping survivors of trauma heal from their past and provide them with the tools to create a happy and healthy future. She has experience
providing trauma focused treatment to children and adolescents along with their families within the child advocacy center setting since 2017. She is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trained in EMDR.

When Ellen is not in session, her ideal days are spent in her backyard or enjoying movies with her partner and dogs. Ellen considers herself to be a lifelong learner and enjoys seeking out new professional development opportunities to increase her base of knowledge. She is also passionate about educating others about mental health and trauma.

*Ellen Vallejo 

LPC, TF-CBT Certified

Victoria, Texas Location

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Christopher was born in Austin, and has been in Victoria since the mid 2000’s. Christopher graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Christopher is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and various mental health diagnoses during his time working at Victoria’s local mental health authority.  Christopher enjoys working with individuals at any stage in life, as he has provided services to adult clients as well as children and adolescents in both the child advocacy center and school settings. Christopher takes a Person-Centered approach to counseling and aims to provide a supportive environment where people can flourish.

Outside of work Christopher enjoys spending time with his family and dogs. Christopher’s self-care activities include playing disc golf, bike riding, and practicing mindfulness. Christopher will be practicing at the Victoria office.

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Alyssa Patek, Associate-supervised by Allison Besio (license # is 69143)

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Alyssa Patek is a Victoria native. Alyssa is a UHV Graduate and currently enrolled in the Clinical and Mental Health program at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her anticipated graduation is in December of 2021. Alyssa graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor's degree in Education in Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to beginning her career in Mental Health she was an elementary teacher for over 5 years. She loved the relationships she was able to build with her students and families, so she decided to explore the counseling education program. Alyssa has worked at Hope CAC in Victoria,Tx during her internship and has been trained in TF-CBT. During her internship she has worked with individuals experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and various mental health diagnoses.

Alyssa enjoys working on building the therapeutic relationship and helping individuals overcome trauma that has been experienced. She is excited to help individuals with the skills she has been trained with through Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


When Alyssa is not in session with clients, she is enjoying time with her husband, family, friends and fur baby. Her favorite time is when she is able to relax and enjoy the day outside or watching a movie. Alyssa is always up for continuing her education and anticipates her training in EMDR and her graduation date in December.


Kolbe Huffman - Graduate Student
Victoria TX Location


Kolbe received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2019. She continued her education at Pepperdine University where she obtained her master’s degree in psychology in 2022. Kolbe grew up in Palacios, Texas and enjoys taking in the beauty of her hometown. In her free time, she spends as much time as she can with her family and her 3 dogs, and she loves to bake. 


Kolbe has recently decided to continue gaining knowledge and experience in order to pursue licensing for therapy in Texas and is attending Texas A&M-Kingsville. She is gaining experience by providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families both in-person and through telehealth settings. She will be working with individuals looking for healing from a variety of experiences such as (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, abuse, grief and loss, and behavioral issues. 


Kolbe believes that although asking for help may be the hardest thing to do, it is also an incredibly brave step in the journey of healing. She is ready to welcome you with open arms and will provide a safe space for you to share your thoughts and feelings. She will be there every step of the way to help you discover the tools you have within you to get to where you want to be in life. Kolbe also works within a school setting which has allowed her to be around diverse populations and allows her to integrate that experience into her practice.

Lisa Lott- LPC

Victoria TX


Lisa is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. Lisa received her Business and Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi; however, due to curiosity, Lisa pursued a counseling degree. Lisa received her Master’s in Counseling and Leadership from Texas A&M University at San Antonio in 2013.

Lisa’s experience includes helping clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, and feelings of insecurity. Lisa has also helped adults who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

Lisa’s therapy style is person-centered. She believes in treating every person with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. She does not believe in stigmatizing labels. She will tailor the dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to adapt to changes. If you are ready to take that step, Lisa is here to support and empower you.

Lisa enjoys working out, reading, spending time with her family and traveling. 


Marisa Gonzales LPC, RPT

Victoria Location

Marisa received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria.   She began working as a forensic interviewer as part of a multidisciplinary team in the fight against child abuse at the children’s advocacy center (CAC) in her hometown of Victoria, TX.  After relocating and working for over seven years in the Travis County CAC, she decided to return to Victoria and the University of Houston-Victoria to pursue her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  


Marisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience helping children, adolescents, parents, and adults as they work through issues of abuse, anxiety, depression, family problems/separation, grief, life transitions, low self-esteem, trauma, and suicidal ideations.  She has been trained in sand tray therapy, is a registered play therapist, is comfortable with faith-based therapy, and is currently being trained in EMDR therapy.  


Marisa believes that self-care and life balance are important.  In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, volunteering in the community, cooking, and planning trips to the beach.  She also considers herself a lifelong learner as she recognizes the importance of never settling for what she knows and is consistently seeking to improve and build upon her current knowledge for both her own enjoyment and for the clients she serves. 

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